HARRISONVILLE, Pa. – Logan Wagner will return to Zemco Racing team for the second-straight season this year, again piloting the team’s iconic black, blue and pink No. 1 sprint car.
Zemco Racing officials confirmed the news during a special video tribute on social media, that capped off a year-long celebration of their 30-year history in racing.
Wagner first teamed with owners John and Peewee Zemaitis last year at Port Royal Speedway, leading them to the track title on the strength of two wins and 18 top 10 finishes, along with an average finish of ninth across the entire Port Royal season.
Now, the 28-year-old is hungrier than ever and glad to be back for more with the famed organization.
“We’re excited and really looking forward to this,” Wagner told SPEED SPORT. “The fact that they believed in me last year after seeing what I could do in my own car before that was really cool, and we worked really well together this past season, especially from the middle of the summer on.
“To take home the championship against the late Greg Hodnett, after he and I had some great battles last season, means a lot to me and to this team and we’re hoping to have more success together this season as we chase another championship.”
Wagner will exclusively race the Zemco car this season, after splitting time between that ride and his personal car last year.
With the team just wrapping up their celebration of three decades in the sport, Wagner took some time to reflect on the history of the car he returns to pilot for another season.
“Obviously, the Zemco team is ingrained in Central Pennsylvania racing,” Wagner noted. “Kevin Gobrecht drove it, and he’s an outstanding name both locally and nationally, as well as drivers like Billy Pauch, Dale Blaney, Jeff Shepard and Stevie Smith.
“It’s a lot to live up to, as far as the amount of people who have driven the car before me, but I feel like I’m capable and it just comes down to getting on a roll early and building momentum so that we can continue our success,” he continued. “All those guys got on rolls in their tenures and I know we’re capable of doing the same now.”
Wagner said the team’s schedule will consist of roughly 40 races, and while Port Royal’s track championship is their primary focus as a unit, they hope to do some traveling this year as well.
“I know that the team is talking about running more shows this year than they have recently, and that we want to try and jump around and hit some other tracks,” Wagner explained. “It all comes down to funding and how well we start, but that’s a goal that we definitely want to get to and meet when we can this season.
“We’re shooting for the Port Royal title first, but outside of that, when we can get elsewhere … Williams Grove or anywhere locally …. we’d like to be able to do that.”
Wagner also believes that he’ll have a good chance at defending his title from this past season.
“I’d like to think that the title from this past year will give us a good chance at keeping our run going,” said Wagner. “I feel that we’re one of the better cars at Port Royal against a lot of tough competition … and certainly that strength says something about our team.
“I want to have a lot of wins this year. I’d like to get to 10 wins,” Wagner added. “That’s my goal and what I want to do with the team.”
For Wagner, who serves as a citation and King Air jet pilot during the week, the Zemco ride has become the right fit for his racing dreams, at least for now.
“They work really well with my schedule. My job requires me to take a certain number of days off to race, but I would be inclined to racing more in the future if the cards fell right,” Wagner admitted. “Right now, though, it just really works out and I like working with this team.
“My belief is that success comes down to the guys that you’re working with, and I feel that our team is showing that. Night-in and night-out, it’s a trip to drive for the Zematis team.”